A year ago today I lost my best friend – today I fondly remember my best friend. A year ago today was a horrible, awful day – today was a rough day, but it was a lot better. A year ago today there were constant tears that felt like they would never end – today there are still occasional tears, but there are many more smiles and laughter. A year ago today I never thought the pain would go away – today there is still pain, but the pain is dulled. A year ago today I felt weak and helpless – today I feel strong and hopeful.
Throughout her life Nittany taught me so much and in her passing she has continued to be my teacher. The most important lesson she has taught me in the past year is that I am so much stronger than I ever imagined. It took strength to do what was best for Nittany and to make sure she didn’t live in pain anymore and it took strength to wake up each day in the days and weeks after she was gone and continue living. After I lost Nittany I lost a piece of who I was. It takes a lot of strength to come back from that dark place, but I did. But, once you do, you realize your own strength and that you are capable of a lot more than you ever imagined. I just kept telling myself that Nittany would not want me to be sad and cry all the time, she would want me to continue living and so, as hard as it was, I found the strength to keep moving forward.
Today, and every day, I remember Nittany and what a powerful impact she had on my life and how lucky I was to have been her dog mom.